THE PARROT
by
Bill Froggatt

  Pete Brown was an animal lover;
He went out of his way to be kind;
But he once had a row with a parrot
That near sent him out of his mind.

On his way to the factory in t’ mornin’
Past a pet shop each day he would walk;
And as he passed t’ window, a parrot
These words of alarm it would squawk:

"I know abaht thee!" - most offensive;
It gave poor old Pete quite a turn,
And he wondered how t’ parrot had managed
His innermost secrets to learn.

Well this, it went on for a fortnight,
Till the whole thing was getting absurd;
So at last he went into the pet shop
And said "How much do you want for yon bird?"

"It’s nobbut for sale," said the pet man,
"That parrot is private, it’s mine."
"I’ll gi’ thee ten pound," Pete persisted
"Nowt doin’, ‘twill never be thine!"

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